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Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and capped one of the greatest seasons in college football history by leading No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson Monday night to win the national championship. The small-town Ohio kid turned Louisiana legend delivered the Tigers their first national title since 2007 and fourth overall, breaking a few more records along the way. The five TD passes and 463 yards passing set records for a College Football Playoff title game as did his six total touchdowns.

The Nebraska men's basketball team continues its road trip on Tuesday evening, as the Huskers travel to Columbus for a matchup with No. 21/19 Ohio State . Tipoff from Value City Arena is set for shortly after 5:30 p.m. (central), and Tuesday's matchup will be carried nationally on FS1 with Brandon Gaudin and Jim Jackson on the call. The game can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the Fox Sports app.
Date:     Tuesday, Jan. 14
Time:     5:30 p.m. (CT)
Location:     Columbus, Ohio
Arena:     Value City Arena

2019-20 Record: 7-9 (2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 7-9 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 122-65 (6th year)

2019-20 Record: 11-5 (1-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chris Holtmann
    Record at Ohio State: 56-29 (3rd year)
    Career Record: 170-113 (9th year)

Television: FS1
    Play-by-play: Brandon Gaudin 
    Analyst: Jim Jackson
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App
Radio: Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
    Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
    Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on, Huskers App, and TuneIn App. 
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch.  971        XM: Ch. 381
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) nearly rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit before falling 62-57 at Northwestern on Saturday. The Huskers shot just 31 percent from the floor, but out-scored Northwestern 30-20 in the second half to climb back into the contest.

NU trailed 60-57, but Dachon Burke's game-tying 3-pointer was off the mark and Miller Kopp hit a pair of free throws for the final margin. Cam Mack had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Haanif Cheatham added 10 points in the losing effort. 

Mack has been one of the Big Ten's top newcomers, averaging 12.7 points, 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, as the sophomore is third in the conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5-to-1). He has raised his play in Big Ten action, averaging a conference best 9.0 assists per game and posting a 3.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard also has four double-doubles, including the first triple-double in school history, in his first five Big Ten games.

Ohio State (11-5, 1-4 Big Ten) was ranked 11th and 12th respectively in the national polls last week before losses at Maryland and Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, Andre Wesson had 15 points, while Kaleb Wesson finished with 11 points and 10 boards. The Buckeyes shot just 33 percent from the floor and committed 16 turnovers which led to 16 Indiana points. Ohio State has the Big Ten's best defense, averaging 59.4 points per game and holding opponents to 36.5 percent shooting.

Freshman Kevin Cross averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in Nebraska's two games last week. Cross, who has been the Huskers' first sub off the bench, is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 points per game while playing 19 minutes per game. 

.458- Thorir Thorbjarnarson is third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering Tuesday's game. He is 22-of-48 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.

+3.0 - Nebraska enters the weekend leading the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.0 per game. NU has committed 12 or fewer turnovers in each of the last eight contests.

4 - Double-figure assist games for Cam Mack, which is the most by a Husker since Brian Carr had five in the 1985-86 season. Mack's four games with 10+ assists rank sixth nationally. 

6.4 - Rebounds per game for freshman Yvan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2004-05.

8 - Nebraska has had eight of its 10 eligible scholarship players reach double figures this season, a total which includes former walk-on Charlie Easley. The Huskers have three players currently averaging double figures.

12 - Double figure scoring runs that Nebraska has had in 2019-20.

50 - Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.

Under the direction of third-year coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State has been ranked for most of the season and spent most of the year in the top 10.  Holtmann is looking to guide OSU to its third straight NCAA appearance after OSU went 20-15 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to taking over the OSU program, Holtmann spent the previous three seasons at Butler, guiding the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017. Last year, the Buckeyes went 25-9 and finished second in the Big Ten before losing to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

This year's Buckeyes opened the year with nine straight wins, including victories over Cincinnati, Villanova, North Carolina and Penn State before falling at Minnesota. OSU rebounded with a win over Kentucky, but has dropped four straight contests, including the loss to Indiana. OSU's strength is on the defensive end, where the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in both field goal defense (.365) and points per game (59.4). OSU also leads the conference in 3-pointers and 3-point percentage (.377). Junior center Kaleb Wesson anchors a balanced Buckeye attack with 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Duane Washington Jr. (10.7 ppg) and D.J. Carton (10.0 ppg) also average double figures as OSU has eight players averaging at least 6.5 points per game.
Ohio State leads the all-time series, 16-4, in a series that dates back to 1936. The Buckeyes are 12-2 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with Nebraska's wins coming in 2014 (Lincoln) and 2017 (Columbus). Prior to last season's OSU win, the previous four meetings were decided by a total of 10 points. The two teams will meet in Lincoln on Feb. 28.

Last Meeting: Glynn Watson had 14 of his 18 points in the second half, but Nebraska fell to Ohio State, 70-60, on Jan. 26, 2019.  Watson had 18 points, while James Palmer Jr. added 19 for the Huskers. Nebraska could not overcome a cold shooting afternoon, hitting just 36 percent from the field against the Buckeyes. Luther Muhammad had a career-high 24 points to lead three OSU players in double figures, including six points in a crucial 12-2 second half run that stretched the lead to 56-43 after a C.J. Jackson 3-pointer with 8:14 remaining after Nebraska pulled to within 44-41. The Huskers cut the OSU deficit to six on two occasions, the last being 64-58 after a Palmer basket with 44 seconds left, but the Buckeyes hit 6-of-8 free throws to hold the Huskers at bay.
Nebraska nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Northwestern.

Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.

It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.

Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line.

Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points. Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece off the bench. Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.
• Nebraska is in a stretch where it will play 16 of its final 18 regular-season games against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the NET. In all, 12 of the 14 Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 50 of the NET as of Jan. 12.

• Despite being held to 57 points by Northwestern, Nebraska is averaging 72.8 points per game, which is on pace to be Nebraska's highest scoring average since the 1996-97 squad averaged 72.9 points per game.

• No. 21 Ohio State is the first ranked team Nebraska has faced this season. The Huskers are 71-265 all-time against ranked teams. Nebraska's last road win against a ranked team was exactly one year ago, when the Huskers knocked off No. 25 Indiana, 66-51, in Bloomington.

• Thorir Thorbjarnarson is the only active Husker to face Northwestern, as he had one rebound in spot duty in last year's loss to Ohio State.

• Tuesday's game will feature two of the Big Ten's most prolific shooting teams from long range, as Ohio State leads the conference with 8.8 3-pointers per game, while Nebraska ranks third with 8.5 3-pointers per contest.

• With three players averaging double figures, Nebraska has relied on its balance during the first half of the season. In its first 16 games, NU has put at least four players in double figures 11 times. The Huskers put five players in double figures three times, most recently against Iowa on Jan. 7.

• Sophomore Cam Mack has made an impact in his first season at Nebraska. He is 12th nationally with 6.8 assists per game, which is on pace to be the most by a Husker since the 1984-85 season, and ranks 32nd nationally with his 2.45-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Best Assist/Turnover Ratios (Since 1979)
13.05Brian Carr201-661985-86
22.73Jamar Johnson123-451993-94
32.58Brian Carr237-921984-85
42.54Jack Moore109-431981-82
52.52Charles Richardson Jr.179-712006-07
-2.45Cam Mack108-442019-20
min. 3.0 assists/gm
•- Cam Mack is the only Husker in the last 30 years to have multiple points-assists double-doubles in the same season as he has four this season, including three in Big Ten play. From 1989-90 to the end of the 2018-19 season, it had happened just five times. Mack's consecutive points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Purdue were the first since Brian Carr in December of 1985 (vs. UC-Irvine and Creighton).
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
Cam Mack1510vs. Iowa, 1/7/20
Cam Mack1112vs. Purdue, 12/13/19
Cam Mack1510at Indiana, 12/13/19
Cam Mack1311vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
Glynn Watson Jr.1010vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
Lance Jeter1010vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
Lance Jeter1212at Kansas State, 2/7/10
Sek Henry1111at TCU, 11/21/09
Tom Wald1111vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
• Nebraska enters Tuesday's game leading the Big Ten in turnover margin with +3.0 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 14.3 turnovers per game to rank third in the Big Ten while averaging 11.3 turnovers per game to rank second in that category. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in the Big 12 in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school.

• It is not surprising that Nebraska has relied on its 3-point shooting, as Hoiberg's Iowa State teams led the Big 12 in 3-pointers in four of his five seasons at the school. The Huskers, who are fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting, are on pace to average 8.5 3-pointers per game, a total which would rank second in school history and be the most since the 2001-02 campaign.
Most 3-Pointers/Game in School History
• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off. Over the last 13 games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.1 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season.
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement
CategoryBefore Nov. 22Since Nov. 22
3 Pt. Pct..231.356
• Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo leads the Huskers in rebounding at 6.4 per game, which would be highest season average by a Husker freshman in 15 years (Aleks Maric, 6.3 rpg in 2004-05). Ouedraogo's 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29 were the most by a Husker freshman since 2004 (15, Maric vs. UAB) and tied for the third-highest total by a Husker freshman in the last 20 years.

• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
No.SchoolReturning PPGPct. of Scoring
1Nebraska2.0 PPG1.9%
2.Tulane10.8 PPG12.2%
3.South Dakota St.15.8 PPG16.9%
4.Virginia Tech13.3 PPG18.1%
5.Washington13.9 PPG19.8%
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office
• The Huskers have already played three overtime games in 2019-20, posting a 1-2 record. NU's single-season record is four, set five times, most recently in 2007-08. As of Jan. 6, Nebraska has played in three of the Big Ten's nine overtime games.

• Freshman guard Charlie Easley was put on scholarship for the spring semester. Easley has played in 12 games as a backup guard, including each of Nebraska's five Big Ten contests. He played a career-high 16 minutes in the win over Iowa on Jan. 7.
YearAvg. Poss. LengthNCAA Rank
as of Jan. 12  
Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 13th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.2 seconds per possession as of Jan. 12.

• The only power conference school that plays at a faster pace is St. John's, which is ninth nationally. 

• In his five full seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015. 

• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 67th to 20th nationally in offensive pace and ranked in the top 40 nationally in adjusted tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in adjusted tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee. The Huskers' quickest offensive tempo in the last decade was in 2017-18 when the Huskers were 140th in offensive tempo.

Junior college transfer Cam Mack was the cornerstone of the Huskers' recruiting class, and has lived up to the billing during the first half of the year. Mack was the No. 3 JUCO recruit in the country last year at Salt Lake CC and has made an impact in his first season at Nebraska.

Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the Ohio State contest averaging 12.7 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5-to-1). 

• Mack is is tied for the national lead with four games with at least 10 points and 10 assists. In fact, only eight players in Division I have at least three double-doubles with points and assists this season. 

• Mack has four double-doubles in five Big Ten games and leads the Big Ten in both assists (9.0 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.5-to-1) in conference games only. 

• He ranks 12th nationally in assists per game and is the highest Division I newcomer in the NCAA rankings. In fact, only two newcomers nationally average over 6.0 assists per game.

• Mack is one of three Big Ten players - joining Cassius Winston (Michigan State) and Geo Baker (Rutgers) to rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten in both assists and steals as of Jan. 12. 

• His 6.8 assists per game is on pace to rank second in school history, trailing only Brian Carr, who averaged 7.9 assists per game in 1984-85.

• He recorded the first triple-double in program history against Purdue on Dec. 15 with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, setting season bests in both rebounds and assists in NU's 70-54 win. 

• He's reached double figures 13 times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. 

• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple-doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times.

Fifth-year senior Haanif Cheatham has been one of the leaders for a young Husker team. The guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is NU's most experienced player, as he played in 80 games between Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before coming to Nebraska for his final year.

 After a slow start, Cheatham has been on a roll over the last six weeks. Over Nebraska's last 12 games, he's averaging 15.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while typically guarding the opponent's top scoring threat. 

• Cheatham has reached double figures in 11 of the Huskers' last 12 games, including a 21-point, six-rebound performance at Indiana on Dec. 13. He had six straight double-figure efforts from Nov. 25-Dec. 13, the second-longest streak of his collegiate career. 

• He went over 1,000 career points with a 17-point performance against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29.

• Cheatham posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4.

• He was in double figures all three games of the Cayman Islands Classic, averaging 19.0 ppg including a career-best 26-point effort against South Florida to garner all-tournament honors.
A former top-100 recruit out of high school, he was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.

The other returnee from the 2018-19 season, Dachon Burke Jr. waited in the wings after transferring from Robert Morris. A 6-foot-4 guard, Burke has quickly shown the skills to flourish in Fred Hoiberg's attack, averaging 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.4 steals per game. He is third in the Big Ten in steals and paces the Huskers in blocked shots (13) and is third in both scoring and 3-pointers (21).

Burke has reached double figures nine times, including a 25-point effort against Indiana on Dec. 13 and a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27. 

Two years ago, Burke was one of the best players in the Northeast Conference, averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 5.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.1 steals per contest. 

Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 and has been a mainstay of the Husker lineup. 

• He is one of the youngest players in the country, as he won't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament. 

• Ouedraogo has started all 16 games for the Huskers, averaging 5.8 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game in just under 21 minutes per game.

• He is on track to be the third freshman to lead NU in rebounding in a season, joining Aleks Maric (2005-06) and John Turek (2001-02). 

• Ouedraogo has played some of his best basketball recently, averaging 6.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over the Huskers' last seven contests dating back to Dec. 13. He has grabbed seven or more rebounds five times in that stretch.

• He picked up his first career double-double against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29 with 11 points and 14 rebounds. His double-double was the first by a Husker freshman since Shavon Shields in 2013 and Ouedraogo became just the 10th NU freshman to record a double-double. 

• His 10 rebounds against Indiana marked the second-highest rebounding total for a Husker freshman in his first conference game, trailing only Dave Hoppen in 1983.

• He enjoyed his offensive effort of the season with 11 points, including six in overtime, and four rebounds against Southern on Nov. 22. He snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.

• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue. 
Ouedraogo played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, as France went 6-1 and finished fifth in the competition.

Over the last six weeks, junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson emerged as a vital part of the Huskers' offensive attack. The 6-foot-6 guard is fifth on the team in scoring at 7.4 ppg, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

• He has been in double figures five times in NU's last eight games after not reaching double figures in his first 41 contests as a Husker. Since Dec. 4, he has tied or set a career high in points four times. 

• Thorbjarnarson is third in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.458) after shooting just 21.4 percent from 3-point range in his first two seasons. 

• He nearly had a double-double in the win over Iowa, finishing with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and a season-high nine rebounds. He tied his season high originally set at Indiana on Dec. 13

Freshman Kevin Cross has been a key contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Ark., has been the first Husker off the bench in all 16 games and is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. 

• Cross is seventh among Big Ten true freshmen in scoring and fourth in rebounding as of Jan. 12.

• He has improved his rebounding in recent weeks, averaging 5.6 rebounds per game over the Huskers' last seven contests dating back to Dec. 13. He has grabbed five-or-more rebounds 10 times this season.

• Cross has been in double figures five times off the bench, including a season-high 19 points against Southern Utah. He became the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring, while his 19-point effort was the highest by a Husker rookie since Shavon Shields in 2013.

• Against Iowa, Cross had eight of his 11 points in the second half and added five rebounds.

• Cross hit a season-high three 3-pointers as part of his nine-point, five-rebound effort against Northwestern.

• He played a complete game in the win over Washington State, scoring 14 points, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 27 minutes 

• Cross played a big role in NU's comeback against Southern, scoring all eight of his points in the second half as the Huskers overcame an eight-point deficit. 

Former Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Tyler Hildebrand will return to the Huskers as an associate head coach, Head Coach John Cook announced on Monday.
Hildebrand, who helped coach the Huskers to an NCAA Championship in his only season at Nebraska in 2017, will replace Kayla Banwarth, who accepted the head coach position at Ole Miss in December.
Hildebrand, 35, is currently serving as the Director of Coaching for the USA Volleyball Beach National Team Program and will assume his associate head coach duties at Nebraska in August this year after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo conclude.
From January to August, Kelly Hunter will serve as an interim assistant coach on the Husker staff. The Huskers' two-time All-American and national champion setter was a graduate assistant during the 2019 season and will become the Huskers' volunteer coach for the 2020 season once Hildebrand joins the staff this August.
Hildebrand will be the first associate head coach in Cook's tenure (2000-present). He had a remarkable season at Nebraska in 2017, helping the Huskers win the NCAA title while coaching Hunter to first-team AVCA All-America honors and outside hitters Annika Albrecht and Mikaela Foecke to second-team All-America honors. Nebraska led all Big Ten teams in opponent hitting percentage (.154) as he coordinated the Huskers' defense and game plans. His wife, former U.S. National Team captain Kristin Hildebrand, was a volunteer for the Huskers in 2017, but will not be this time around as she runs her own interior design business.
"We are so excited to be coming back to Nebraska," Hildebrand said. "Nebraska has a special place in our hearts. The 2017 season was a magical year and left a burning impression on us. Kristin and I have been all over the world, played or coached in every gym there is, and we can confidently say that there is no place like Nebraska. Being a part of Husker Nation is like nothing else in collegiate sports, and I can't wait to coach in the Devaney Center again with a full house in matches that matter with our fans behind us. The fans are such a special part of this program.
I'm so happy to get to have more time to learn from Coach Cook. One year wasn't nearly enough. He pushes me to be a better coach, and I can't say that about many people. I truly miss the challenge of coaching at Nebraska, and I look forward to learning even more from him and I am incredibly grateful to him for this opportunity. I'm always trying to live up to coach's expectations, always trying to prove to him what I can do. The best I have coached in my career, I believe, was in 2017, and I owe a lot of that to Coach Cook.
Lastly, I want to thank the administration, Bill Moos and his staff. It means a lot to Kristin, Rhett and myself to get this opportunity to come back to Nebraska."
In the interim, Hunter will join assistant coach Jaylen Reyes in coaching the beach volleyball season and taking a lead role in recruiting and the Huskers' summer camps.
"I'm beyond excited and honored to join the coaching staff at my alma mater," Hunter said. "I'm looking forward to being a part of Nebraska volleyball in a new role. Last season was a great taste of the coaching world, and I can't wait to continue on this path with the best program and staff in the nation."

"The 2017 season was one of my most enjoyable seasons as a head coach with Tyler and Kayla," Cook said. "Obviously we had great results, but Tyler made me a better coach that year. I think he has a gift for coaching in how he sees the game. He has a very positive way of challenging people, including me. That's why I reached out to him. Part of my job as head coach is to provide the best staff possible for our team. I really feel like hiring Tyler and having him join our staff gives us the best chance to be successful. I am grateful to our athletic director, Bill Moos, for his trust and confidence in helping us go in this direction. He has shown a great amount of support for Nebraska volleyball, and I am very thankful for that."

Although Hildebrand has been stationed in California directing the U.S. Beach Volleyball program for the past two years, he has served as a consultant for Cook in his spare time, following the program, watching video and offering his thoughts. With Hildebrand's first day on the job scheduled for August 10, Cook asked Hunter to take on a full-time assistant role for the next nine months.

"I'm personally very excited about that, because this will give her an opportunity to find out if coaching is her true passion," Cook said. "Kelly is one of the greatest leaders I've ever been around, so I know that she's a natural coach. Now we have the opportunity to develop her over the next nine months and lay the groundwork for her to continue her coaching career. Because she was with us this year as a grad assistant, this will be a natural transition for her with our team. She developed great relationships with our players and got off to a great start."

Hildebrand first joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. He came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men's volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men's National Team. 

After concluding his collegiate playing career at Long Beach State in 2006, Hildebrand compiled an impressive list of accomplishments both as a player and coach. Professionally, he played on the U.S. Men's National Team from 2006-12 and was a four-time Pan American Cup champion and a World University Games bronze medalist. He later served as the setting consultant for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2015 as they won the FIVB World Cup and earned the bronze medal in the World League. In 2016, Hildebrand coached the U.S. beach volleyball duo of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Hildebrand also played professionally on the beach as part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from 2006-07.

While continuing his playing career as a professional, Hildebrand was a volunteer assistant for the Long Beach State men from 2008-10. In his first stint at the Beach, Hildebrand was a volunteer assistant under head coach Alan Knipe from 2008-10. He was part of the staff that led the 49ers to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular-season championship and an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships in 2008. Hildebrand was in charge of blocking and defense his first two seasons and worked primarily with the offense in 2010.

He joined the staff as a full-time assistant in 2013, and in his first year he helped Long Beach State reach the MPSF finals for the first time since his senior campaign in 2006. The Beach registered its best season in five years, finishing with a 24-8 overall record. Hildebrand worked closely with starting setter Connor Olbright, who garnered second-team All-America honors from both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. Outside hitter Taylor Crabb was also named the AVCA National Player of the Year and was a first-team All-American. In 2016, Hildebrand was named the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year after leading the 49ers to one of their best seasons in school history.

Outside of Long Beach State, Hildebrand served as the director of The HBC Boys' Volleyball Club from 2010-16. The HBC 18's team finished among the top-five in the Open division of the Boys' Junior National Championships four straight years, including a runner-up showing in 2015.

On the international level, Hildebrand traveled with the U.S. Men's National Team to Tokyo as the squad's setting consultant for the 2015 FIVB World Cup. The U.S. went 10-1 over the two-week round robin tournament to win its first World Cup since 1985 and qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Hildebrand started his coaching career with the Riptides Volleyball Club, where he led his teams to back-to-back gold medals in the 17-Open and 18-Open divisions at the Junior Olympics (2004-05). He saw each of his 11 graduating seniors go on to play for college programs. He also served as an assistant coach for the Golden West College women's volleyball team (2006) and for the Mater Dei High School boys' volleyball team (2007). He helped GWC to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament, while Mater Dei reached the semifinals of the CIF playoffs.

A standout student-athlete at the Beach, Hildebrand was a four-year starting setter from 2003-06. He was a three-time AVCA and Volleyball Magazine first-team All-America selection and three-time first-team All-MPSF pick. He was also tabbed the MPSF Freshman of the Year and the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year in 2003. The 49ers reached the MPSF Tournament championship match three years in a row (2004-06), and Hildebrand was a key member of the 2004 squad that advanced to the NCAA finals. As a sophomore, he garnered NCAA all-tournament honors.

The Huskers begin their beach volleyball season in February, and Hunter will coach the team along with Reyes.

Hunter was named a first-team AVCA All-American, the Big Ten Setter of the Year and an All-Big Ten selection for the second time in her career following her 2017 senior season. She received numerous honors from volleyball publications, including National Player of the Year and All-America first-team honors from and Hunter was also named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke after the Huskers beat Florida in the national title match in 2017.

Hunter earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team accolades and was named a semifinalist for the Senior CLASS Award. She ended her career with 4,125 assists, the second-most in Husker history, and she totaled 699 career postseason assists, the highest total in school history. Hunter finished her career with a 16-1 record in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska's starting setter, posting the most wins and highest postseason winning percentage by a starting setter in Husker history.
Two Huskers Enter NCAA Transfer Portal
Also on Monday, Cook confirmed two Huskers – sophomore defensive specialist Chen Abramovich and sophomore opposite hitter Anezka Szabo - entered the NCAA transfer portal following the 2019 fall semester.
Abramovich, a native of Kfar Saba, Israel, missed the 2019 season with a foot injury after playing one match as a freshman in 2018. Szabo, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota native who has already announced her intentions to transfer to Kansas, played in 31 matches and had five kills and four blocks in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore. She played in nine matches in 2018 before a season-ending injury and appeared in 14 matches as a freshman on Nebraska's 2017 NCAA Championship team, notching 15 kills and three blocks.
"I have enjoyed coaching Chen and Nesh these last few years," Cook said. "Both have worked very hard and been good teammates and student-athletes. We wish Chen and Nesh the best."

The Nebraska men's basketball team nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.
It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.
Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line. Northwestern shot nearly 40 percent overall and tied a season high with 10 3-pointers.
Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. In his first four career Big Ten Conference games, Mack produced the first triple-double in Nebraska men's basketball history against Purdue and tallied a pair of points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Iowa before producing a points-rebounds double-double against Northwestern. He has a total of five double-doubles in his debut season.
Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points, while Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece. Miller Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.
Northwestern used a hot-shooting first half to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats shot better than 51 percent in the half – including hitting 10-of-14 shots at one point – while knocking down 8-of-14 from the 3-point line. Nebraska shot only 30.3 percent in the opening half, and the Huskers were just 2-of-6 at the free throw line.

After Northwestern opened the game with a basket, Nebraska responded with seven straight points – five from Dachon Burke Jr.  – to take an early five-point lead. The Huskers remained on top until Pat Spencer hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-0 Northwestern run that put the Wildcats on top 14-9 six minutes into the game.
The game remained close over the next four minutes before Northwestern went on a 16-1 run that covered more than six minutes. The Wildcats began the run with five quick points to build a seven-point lead, and following a Kavas free throw, Northwestern scored 11 straight points to take a commanding 36-19 lead with 4:26 left in the half. Nebraska missed seven straight shots during the Wildcats' run, going 6:19 without a basket.
Nebraska outscored Northwestern over the final four minutes of the half but still trailed by 15 at the break. The Huskers then came out strong in the second half, scoring 12 points in the opening five minutes to trim the lead to eight at 47-39.
Following the quick second-half start, Nebraska missed 10 of its next 11 shots, scoring only five points in a seven-minute stretch. Despite the cold spell, the Huskers trailed only 56-47 with seven minutes to play following a Kavas 3-pointer. As Nebraska's defense kept the Huskers in the game, Kavas and Cross hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Nebraska within six at 60-54 with 2:30 remaining, the closest the Huskers had been since the nine-minute mark of the first half.
Northwestern then missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities before Mack banked in a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that made the score 60-57 with 50.4 seconds remaining. Nebraska forced a miss on the Wildcats' ensuing possession but the Huskers missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and Kopp knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (Central) and the game will be televised nationally on FS1.

Piscataway, N.J. - Nebraska tied its season high with 12 three-pointers but Rutgers outscored the Huskers 36-20 on points in the paint, as the Scarlet Knights notched a hard-fought 69-65 women's basketball win over the Big Red at The RAC on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek matched her season high with 14 points by knocking down a career-high four three-pointers to lead the Huskers, who slipped to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa added five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Senior guard Hannah Whitish was the only other Husker to manage double figures with 10 points, including a trio of threes, while adding four rebounds, four assists and a steal, while Leigha BrownNicea Eliely and freshman Isabelle Bourne added nine points apiece. Sam Haiby and freshman Trinity Brady each pitched in seven points.

Rutgers improved to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten by winning the turnover battle, 17-6, and converting NU's turnovers into 21 points. The Scarlet Knights were also more efficient overall on the offensive end, hitting 45.2 percent (28-62) of their shots from the field including 4-of-11 threes (.364).

While Nebraska shot a sizzling 50 percent (12-24) from beyond the arc, the Huskers were just 11-for-34 from two-point range on the day. Nebraska finished at a season-low 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor. Rutgers hit 24-of-51 two-point attempts and its 36-20 edge on points in the paint came despite Nebraska out-rebounding Rutgers 41-35 and outscoring the Scarlet Knights 15-10 in second-chance points.

Senior point guard Khadaizha Sanders led Rutgers with a game-high 17 points while the Big Ten's leading scorer, Arella Guirantes, added 16 points. Tekia Mack contributed 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Jordan Wallace put four Scarlet Knights in double figures with 10 points.

Nebraska got off to a strong start, jumping to an 11-2 lead on the strength of two three-pointers from Veerbeek and another three from Whitish. But the Scarlet Knights answered with an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 13-11 with 4:32 left in the quarter. Rutgers took its biggest lead of the quarter at 18-15, before Brady buried the Huskers' fourth three of the quarter to send the two teams to the first break tied at 18. Brady's seven points and two three-pointers were both career highs.

The Big Red again set the tone at the start of the second quarter, outscoring Rutgers 8-2 over the first five minutes to carry a 26-20 lead, as Haiby and Eliely hit threes before Brady added her second triple to put NU up 29-23 with 3:45 left in the half.

However, Rutgers outscored Nebraska 12-3 over the final 3:45 to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Nebraska cut RU's margin to 42-40 with just under five minutes left in the third quarter, before the Scarlet Knights outscored NU 11-2 to close the period and take a 53-42 lead to the fourth. That lead ballooned to 15 at 59-44 after a Wallace layup with just over six minutes left before Nebraska erupted again.

Back-to-back threes by Brown and Veerbeek in a 25-second span opened an 11-0 Nebraska run that slashed the Rutgers' edge to 59-55 with 3:07 left. However, five straight points from Sanders, including a three, and a pair of free throws by Guirantes pushed the margin back to 66-55 with 1:03 left.

Nebraska still refused to quit, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 10-3 in the final minute, including a three from Whitish with 13 seconds left and NU's final bucket of the game from Bourne with 4.1 left to make the final margin. Bourne added a team-high eight rebounds in a strong effort off the bench. Rutgers went just 4-for-10 from the free throw line in the closing minute.

The Huskers return to Lincoln for the start of spring semester classes on Monday before returning to Big Ten road action at No. 17 Maryland on Thursday in College Park. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at the Xfinity Center with live television coverage on BTN.



Adams Central 63, St. Paul 33

Anselmo-Merna 56, St. Mary's 47

Arlington 52, Archbishop Bergan 49

Ashland-Greenwood 62, Fort Calhoun 47

Auburn 54, Nebraska City 29

Axtell 53, Alma 44

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 81, West Point-Beemer 36

Beatrice 49, Seward 34

Bellevue East 80, Omaha Northwest 54

Bertrand 73, South Loup 52

Brady 53, Arthur County 33

Bridgeport 47, Hershey 44

Centennial 51, Raymond Central 34

Chase County 59, Kimball 38

Clarkson/Leigh 78, Tekamah-Herman 48

Cody-Kilgore 50, Sandhills Valley 41

Deshler 46, Thayer Central 37

Dundy County-Stratton 76, Wray, Colo. 69

Elkhorn 60, Aurora 34

Elkhorn Mount Michael 59, Schuyler 35

Elm Creek 61, Wilcox-Hildreth 20

Gering 44, Newcastle, Wyo. 21

Gibbon 47, Broken Bow 36

Gordon/Rushville 55, Bayard 47

Gothenburg 45, Centura 42

Grand Island 70, Lincoln Southwest 57

Harvard 42, Kenesaw 38

Hastings 72, Lexington 58

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Lincoln Christian 45

Heartland 59, Cross County 44

Heartland Lutheran 50, Silver Lake 35

Howells/Dodge 72, Plainview 38

Humphrey St. Francis 74, Burwell 48

Johnson-Brock 50, Weeping Water 33

Kearney Catholic 49, North Platte 36

Lincoln East 83, Fremont 62

Lincoln Pius X 84, Lincoln Northeast 69

Lincoln Southeast 79, Kearney 65

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 48, Stanton 31

Louisville 60, Syracuse 49

Maxwell 56, Overton 46

McCook 79, Sidney 43

McCool Junction 62, Friend 25

Milford 49, David City 29

Minden 56, Valentine 42

Mitchell 54, Chadron 33

Mullen 55, Wallace 38

Norfolk 60, South Sioux City 36

North Platte St. Patrick's 64, Cozad 28

Oakland-Craig 56, Elmwood-Murdock 30

Omaha Christian Academy 61, Lewiston 55

Omaha Creighton Prep 56, Omaha Benson 53

Omaha North 73, Omaha Bryan 62

Omaha Skutt Catholic 51, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 45

Omaha South 58, Gretna 36

Ord 28, CWC 26

Papillion-LaVista 76, Lincoln North Star 72

Papillion-LaVista South 88, Omaha Burke 57

Perkins County 56, Sutherland 54

Plattsmouth 58, Conestoga 39

Red Cloud 48, Elba 12

Santee 61, Spalding Academy 46

Shelby/Rising City 71, Meridian 7

Sioux County 52, Edgemont, S.D. 25

South Platte 44, Potter-Dix 38

Stuart 50, Neligh-Oakdale 40

Superior 48, Fillmore Central 32

Twin River 72, Madison 62

Wahoo 61, Crete 55

Wauneta-Palisade 68, Southwest 39

Wayne 57, Boone Central/Newman Grove 49

West Holt 59, Elkhorn Valley 46

Wilber-Clatonia 45, Southern 44

York 47, Grand Island Northwest 43

Border Battle Shootout=

Bellevue West 59, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 53

Millard South 58, Lewis Central, Iowa 51

Taco John's Invitational=

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 69, Alliance 53

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=


Osmond 62, Lutheran High Northeast 52


Niobrara/Verdigre 67, Wausa 47


Alma 48, Axtell 44

Anselmo-Merna 41, St. Mary's 29

Archbishop Bergan 48, Arlington 40

Arthur County 37, Brady 21

Ashland-Greenwood 51, Fort Calhoun 32

Auburn 37, Nebraska City 20

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 67, West Point-Beemer 33

Bayard 51, Gordon/Rushville 39

Beatrice 69, Seward 29

Boone Central/Newman Grove 53, Wayne 36

Bridgeport 42, Hershey 37

Broken Bow 55, Gibbon 13

CWC 24, Ord 10

Centennial 67, Raymond Central 32

Chadron 44, Mitchell 23

Chase County 68, Kimball 39

Clarkson/Leigh 57, Tekamah-Herman 30

Cody-Kilgore 55, Sandhills Valley 44

Columbus Scotus 31, Bishop Neumann 23

Crete 40, Wahoo 37, OT

Elba 33, Red Cloud 29

Elkhorn 60, Aurora 34

Elkhorn Valley 65, West Holt 37

Elm Creek 61, Wilcox-Hildreth 40

Falls City 57, Conestoga 43

Gering 56, Newcastle, Wyo. 44

Gothenburg 45, Centura 42

Gretna 60, Omaha South 26

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Lincoln Christian 45

Howells/Dodge 57, Plainview 49

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Burwell 40

Kearney 43, Lincoln Southeast 33

Kenesaw 38, Harvard 18

Lincoln East 65, Fremont 59

Lincoln Pius X 56, Lincoln Northeast 29

Lincoln Southwest 62, Grand Island 30

Loomis 69, Arapahoe 26

McCool Junction 42, Friend 32

Meridian 36, Shelby/Rising City 21

Milford 54, David City 45

Minatare 41, Creek Valley 27

Mullen 57, Wallace 34

Norfolk 64, South Sioux City 54

North Platte 62, Kearney Catholic 33

North Platte St. Patrick's 49, Cozad 30

Oakland-Craig 58, Elmwood-Murdock 33

Omaha Central 58, Omaha Duchesne Academy 24

Omaha Northwest 52, Bellevue East 50

Omaha Westside 56, Elkhorn South 26

Overton 56, Maxwell 49

Papillion-LaVista 58, Lincoln North Star 48

Papillion-LaVista South 63, Omaha Burke 59

Perkins County 44, Sutherland 35

Pleasanton 63, Twin Loup 15

Ravenna 50, Ansley-Litchfield 28

Santee 61, Spalding Academy 17

Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 50, Omaha Skutt Catholic 41

Sidney 61, McCook 37

Silver Lake 44, Heartland Lutheran 29

Sioux County 43, Edgemont, S.D. 36

South Loup 50, Bertrand 9

South Platte 70, Potter-Dix 4

Southern 39, Wilber-Clatonia 20

Stanton 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49

Stuart 45, Neligh-Oakdale 31

Superior 48, Fillmore Central 32

Syracuse 48, Louisville 31

Thayer Central 38, Deshler 19

Twin River 61, Madison 48

Valentine 37, Minden 26

Wauneta-Palisade 64, Southwest 57

Weeping Water 54, Johnson-Brock 48

Wray, Colo. 53, Dundy County-Stratton 37

York 47, Grand Island Northwest 43

Border Battle Shootout=

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 54, Bellevue West 43

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 49, Plattsmouth 39

Millard South 59, Lewis Central, Iowa 41

CNOS Classic=

Ponca 52, Dakota Valley, S.D. 39

Mustang Seeds/DSU Classic=

Lennox, S.D. 55, Crofton 45

Taco John's Invitational=

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 61, Alliance 9

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=


Lutheran High Northeast 66, Niobrara/Verdigre 31


Osmond 37, Wausa 33

Lincoln -- Nebraska used an 11-0 first-quarter run, and an explosive 14-point run over a 5:25 stretch in the third and fourth quarters on its way to an impressive 65-50 women's basketball victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Sophomore guard Leigha Brown fueled a strong performance by the Big Red bench, leading the Huskers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career bests off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. The Nebraska bench outscored the Badger reserves 29-9 on the night to help the Huskers improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. It is Nebraska's best 15-game start to a season since opening 14-1 in its first year in the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Sophomore guard Sam Haiby led the Nebraska starters with 11 points, seven assists and three steals, while senior guard and Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish added eight points, including back-to-back threes to open the fourth quarter as part of NU's 14-0 run. Her second three, which came in transition off a pass from Haiby, put the Huskers up 54-35 with 8:12 left in the game and forced a timeout. Fifty-two seconds later, Bourne scored in transition to give Nebraska a 56-35 lead and force another Wisconsin timeout. The lead grew as large as 25 at 62-37 on a Nicea Eliely layup with six minutes left in the game.

Wisconsin, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, was led by forward Imani Lewis, who notched her fourth straight Big Ten double-double to open league play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, she was the only Badger to produce double figures in points or rebounds on the night.

For the game, Nebraska hit 48.2 percent (27-56) of its shots from the field, including 35 percent (7-20) of its three-pointers. The Huskers went 4-for-5 from long range in the first quarter to overcome a fast start by Wisconsin, which held a 10-5 lead just 3:45 into the game. However, the Huskers responded with an 11-0 run to take a 16-10 lead after eight straight points, including a pair of threes from Brown, before a three-pointer by Haiby capped the run with 43 seconds left in the quarter. 

Wisconsin then went without a field goal for nearly the first five minutes of the second quarter as Nebraska took its first double-digit lead of the night at 24-13 off a Whitish bucket with 6:10 left in the half. 

The Huskers took a 30-21 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 10 points from Brown, seven from Haiby and the first five points of the game from sophomore starter Ashtyn Veerbeek. In the half, Nebraska freshmen and sophomores combined for 28 of NU's 30 points. 

Wisconsin came out strong in the second half, getting a three-point play from Lewis, before a three-pointer from Niya Beverley followed by a traditional three-point play from Beverley to cut the Nebraska lead to 35-30 with 7:20 left in the quarter. After that, it was all Nebraska, as the Huskers held Wisconsin to just two field goals over the next 11 minutes to build a 58-35 edge.

Nebraska controlled the boards, 38-28, on the night and outscored Wisconsin 10-6 in second-chance points and 15-7 in points off turnovers, although Wisconsin won the turnover battle, 16-14. The Huskers held the Badgers to just 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting, including just 3-of-10 from three-point range.

Although the Huskers battled foul trouble for much of the night, Wisconsin only converted 7-of-10 free throws in the game, while Nebraska hit 4-of-5 free throws. The Badgers were called for just 11 fouls in the contest.

Nebraska returns to road Big Ten action on Sunday by traveling to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between the Huskers and Scarlet Knights is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with live radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network and a live video stream for BTN+ subscribers.


 NPCC’s Erica Hopping was named to the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Volleyball team, as a first team qualifier. Three additional members of NPCC’s 2019 Volleyball team, Bailey Chintala, Gabby Menghini and Sydney Mullin, were honorably mentioned for All-Nebraska Volleyball.


Hopping had 1,239 assists and 330 digs on the season. Averaging 9.25 assists per set, she also averaged 2.46 digs per set. This earned Hopping the rank of eighth in the nation and second in the region for assists, as well as 15th in the nation for assists per set.


Similarly, two former Knights volleyballers continued their careers after graduating NPCC and both ultimately qualified for national tournament play during the 2019 season.


Former Knight, Taylin McNair, who played for NPCC during the 2017-18 seasons, now plays for the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She and her current team were named the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship Runner-ups. Former Knight, Aly Camacho, who played for NPCC during the 2016-17 seasons, now plays for the University of St. Mary’s in Kansas, and she and her team also qualified for a national tournament this last season.


During McNair’s final season with the Knights in 2018, she provided 297 digs and 752 assists. In Camacho’s final season in 2017, she had 193 kills and 283 total points scored.

The Nebraska women's basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night hunting for another Big Ten Conference home win when the Huskers take on Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Huskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten) is set for 7:05 p.m. (CT) with tickets on sale now at Tickets can also be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office beginning 90 minutes before tip-off.

Live statewide television coverage will be provided by NET with Thor Tripp and Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn on the call. The NET production also will be used for the BTN+ video stream.

Live radio coverage for Thursday's game can be heard on B107.3 FM and 1400 AM KLIN in Lincoln along with ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 6:45 p.m. (CT). Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at, the Huskers App and TuneIn.

Nebraska notched its second Big Ten home win with a 72-58 victory over then-No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Cain, a Lisa Leslie Award candidate, continued her strong open to Big Ten play with season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots. In league play, Cain is averaging 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. She leads the Big Ten in blocks per game while matching Wisconsin's Imani Lewis for the conference lead in rebounding during league play. 

Cain claimed her first spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 6) by averaging 14.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks last week. She hit 70 percent (14-20) of her shots from the field.

Hannah Whitish played big for the Huskers in the win over Minnesota with a season-high 17 points while matching her season high with five three-pointers. The senior from Barneveld was the 2016 Wisconsin High School Player of the Year. She is the first Husker in history to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,084), 400 assists (416) and 200 three-pointers (223).

Sophomore guard Sam Haiby (Moorhead, Minn.) added 17 points against her home state school and leads Nebraska in scoring in Big Ten play (15.3 ppg). 

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown leads Nebraska overall in scoring this season at 13.7 points per game off the bench. She is a leading contender for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors, and is the only Big Ten player to rank among the top 30 in the league in scoring without making a start.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
vs. Wisconsin Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Live TV: NET (Thor Tripp, Jami Hagedorn)
Live Video Stream: BTN+ (NET production)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM & 1400 AM KLIN; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg
Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (54-51); 13th Season Overall (247-160)

Wisconsin Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
14 - Abby Laszewski - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
34 - Imani Lewis - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg
10 - Kendra Van Leeuwen - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
22 - Niya Beverley - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
30 - Sydney Hilliard - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Suzanne Gilreath - 5-4 - Sr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
5 - Julie Pospisilova - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
40 - Tara Stauffacher - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
41 - Sara Stapleton - 6-3 - Fr. - F/C - 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
44 - Alex Luehring - 6-2 - So. - G - 1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg
20 - Diamond Bragg - 5-7 - So. - G - 1.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Jonathan Tsipis (North Carolina, 1996)
Fourth Season at Wisconsin (42-66); Eighth Season Overall (134-104)

Scouting The Wisconsin Badgers
• Head coach Jonathan Tsipis brings his fourth Wisconsin team into Thursday's game at Nebraska following a 71-65 win over Penn State at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Badgers are 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. 
• Last season, Wisconsin finished with a 15-18 overall record that included a 4-14 Big Ten mark. The 15 wins for the Badgers were their most since 2010-11 (18-15), which was also their last winning season in women's basketball.
• Tsipis, who is 42-66 in his four seasons at Wisconsin, has his Badgers taking pride in their defense. Wisconsin is allowing just 60.9 points per game and has not allowed an opponent to score 75 in any game this season. Colorado (74) and Purdue (72) are the only two Badger foes to hit 70.
• Last season, the Badgers defeated Nebraska, 70-69, on a Kelly Karliss buzzer-beating three-pointer in the corner in Madison (Jan. 27, 2019).
• Wisconsin is led by outstanding sophomore Imani Lewis. The 6-1 forward is averaging team bests of 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, including 20.0 points and 13.7 boards in Big Ten play. She has taken more than 25 percent of UW's shots in league play. She had 23 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday's win over Penn State. She had 17 points and seven boards in last season's win over Nebraska.
• Senior Abby Laszewski, a 6-3 forward, has added 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds on the season, including 13.3 points and 7.7 boards in Big Ten play.  Neither Lewis nor Laszewski have attempted a three-pointer for the Badgers this season.
• Freshman Sydney Hilliard has made an immediate impact. The 5-11 guard is averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds on the season and has started all three Big Ten contests. She has also matched senior point guard Kendra Van Leeuwen for the team lead with 16 steals.
• Van Leeuwen has averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-best 4.4 assists. 
• Junior Niya Beverley rounds out Wisconsin's starting five with 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Beverley erupted for 19 points in the win over Penn State after managing just 10 points combined in UW's Big Ten losses to Rutgers (64-61) and at Purdue (72-61). Beverley ranks third among the Badgers with 11 made three-pointers. Beverley played a huge role in Wisconsin's win over Nebraska last season with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
• Senior Suzanne Gilreath leads Wisconsin from long range with 23 three-pointers on the year, but she is 0-for-6 from three-point range in Big Ten play early this season. Gilreath is averaging 6.2 points per game off the bench, but has not scored in Big Ten play.
• Freshman Julie Pospisilova has added more pop from long range with 14 threes on the season. Pospisilova started nine non-conference games and is averaging 5.9 points per game on the season. However she has opened Big Ten play just 2-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-9 from three.
• Freshman Tara Stauffacher is the only other Badger to find the scoring column so far in Big Ten play. Stauffacher, a 5-11 forward, is averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds on the season and has scored four total points in three Big Ten games.
• As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 66.1 points per game on the season while shooting 41 percent from the field, including 29.8 percent from three-point range. UW is averaging just 4.9 threes per game. In last season's win over Nebraska went just 2-for-10 including the game-winner at the buzzer.        • In Big Ten play, Wisconsin is shooting just 36.9 percent from the field, including 22.5 percent (9-40) from three-point range. UW owns a plus-3.5 rebound margin on the season but a minus-0.4 turnover margin. However, the Badgers own a plus-3.0 turnover margin in Big Ten play after forcing 26 turnovers by Penn State (+8) on Saturday.
• For the season, Wisconsin is holding opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting from the field, including 30.2 percent from long range.

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 9-7, including a 51-48 win over the Badgers at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 11, 2018. All nine of Nebraska's victories over the Badgers have come as Big Ten foes. 
• The Badgers have won back-to-back games against the Huskers in Madison, including the 70-69 win over the Huskers at the Kohl Center on Jan. 27, 2019. Nicea Eliely hit a driving layup with 0.7 seconds left to give the Huskers a 69-67 lead, before Kelly Karliss answered with a three-pointer in front of the Wisconsin bench as time expired. Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with 15 points, while Kate Cain added 14 points and seven rebounds. Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each had 12 points. Marsha Howard led Wisconsin with 18 points and seven boards.
• Wisconsin rolled to an 82-56 win over the Huskers in Madison on Feb. 9, 2017, for the largest margin of victory in the series. Despite the back-to-back wins for the Badgers in Madison, the Huskers have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.
• Nebraska meets Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. (CT) in a game televised by BTN.
• The Huskers are 9-2 against the Badgers as Big Ten Conference opponents, including 5-0 in Lincoln and 3-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska is 4-2 against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Nebraska's first three wins at the Kohl Center were by a combined nine points, including a 71-70 OT win on Feb. 5, 2014, a 55-53 win on Feb. 28, 2013, and a 75-69 win on Jan. 12, 2012 - the first meeting between the schools as Big Ten foes.
• Wisconsin won the first five meetings between the two school as non-conference opponents, including a pair of overtime victories at the Devaney Center in Lincoln and three wins in Madison. All five of the non-conference meetings between the schools were decided by 10 or fewer points.
• Overall, 12 of the 16 all-time meetings have been decided by 10 or fewer points, including three overtime contests.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (75).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (70).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all 14 games this season, and has blocked a shot in 16 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 83 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has produced double-figure points in six consecutive games, the longest active double-digit scoring streak among the Huskers. Cain has produced double figures in eight of the last nine games.
• Kate Cain has produced a double-double in three consecutive games.
• Kate CainNicea Eliely and Leigha Brown are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 14 games this season.
• Kate CainNicea Eliely and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all 14 games this season.
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 48 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 71 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 356 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 235 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
(2) Kate Cain needs two points to reach 700 in her career.
(3) Kristian Hudson needs three assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(7) Kristian Hudson needs seven rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(15) Kate Cain is 15 blocked shots away from matching the Nebraska career block record held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).
(16) Hannah Whitish is 16 points away from 1,100 in her career.
(21) Leigha Brown is 21 points away from 500 in her career.
(100) Nicea Eliely is expected to make her team-leading 100th career start on Thursday.

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska's 12-2 start is its best 14-game start under Coach Amy Williams and NU's best start since also opening 15-1, including 3-0 in the Big Ten during a 16-game conference season in 2011-12 - Nebraska's first season in the league.
• Nebraska ranks No. 13 nationally in total home attendance (42,647).
• Entering games Jan. 6, Nebraska was one of just 27 teams nationally (4 Big Ten) with 12 or more wins.
• Nebraska is No. 34 in the Massey Ratings (Jan. 7). Other Big Ten teams in the top 55 included: Indiana (10), Maryland (18), Northwestern (21), Iowa (23), Rutgers (24), Michigan (30), Purdue (38), Minnesota (41), Ohio State (45) and Michigan State (54).
• Through 14 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 61.3 points per game (including 59.3 ppg in regulation), after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from three-point range against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from three. In 2017-18, Nebraska led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
• Nebraska has held seven opponents to 55 points or less this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less. NU held 11 opponents to 55 or less in 2017-18.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in 13 of the first 14 games (not Michigan State) in 2019-20. The Husker bench has outscored opposing benches in 41 of the last 44 games overall, including double-digit edges in 30 of the last 44 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 364-204 (26.0-14.6 ppg).

Lincoln, Neb. - Cam Mack had his fourth double-double of the season, while Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career high with 17 points to lead Nebraska to a 76-70 victory over Iowa Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Mack poured in 15 points and dished out 10 assists for Nebraska (7-8, 2-2 Big Ten), as the Huskers put five players in double figures in posting their fourth straight win over the Hawkeyes in Lincoln. Mack has produced three of his double-doubles in conference play and had 10 assists and just one turnover in 39 minutes on Tuesday. 

In addition to Mack and Thorbjarnarson, who grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, Haanif Cheatham added 14 while Dachon Burke Jr. and Kevin Cross also netted double figures with 13 points and 11 points, respectively.

Nebraska led by as many as 12 in the first half, only to see Iowa (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten) take a 51-50 lead with 12:41 remaining. The Hawkeyes' lead would last just 38 seconds, as Cross keyed a significant run with six points in an 8-2 run as Nebraska took a 58-53 lead with 7:25 left. 

Iowa chipped away, pulling even at 59-all after a Joe Wieskamp basket with 5:20 remaining, but Thorbjarnarson's two 3-pointers keyed another 8-2 run to push the lead to back to 67-61, and the Huskers held on down the stretch. 

Wieskamp finished with a game-high 21 points, while Luka Garza added 16 points and 18 rebounds, but Nebraska held the All-America candidate below his Big Ten leading scoring average. The Huskers also limited Iowa to just 4-of-33 from 3-point range, while hitting 10 3-pointers. 

Nebraska opened the game on a 7-0 run and Iowa responded with a 7-0 run of their own to knot the game up at 7-7. The teams traded buckets before the Huskers went on another 8-0 run, featuring triples by Mack and Cheatham and a jumper from Thorbjarnarson to give Nebraska the 17-9 edge midway through the first half. Iowa was able to cut the Nebraska lead down to seven (38-31) by intermission, despite missing 12 consecutive three-pointers in the first half.

Iowa began pounding the ball down low in the opening minutes of the second half and brought the Husker lead down to two at the 15-minute mark. Mack then buried back-to-back jumpers to push the margin back to six and give the Huskers a 47-41 advantage at the first media timeout of the period. The teams continued battling ,and the Hawkeyes claimed a 51-50 lead after a Luka Garza layup and a Joe Wieskamp basket from beyond the arc with 12:41 remaining in the contest.

The Huskers continue Big Ten play Saturday afternoon when they take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. at 3:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

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